Hi, and welcome to DC
My husband sometimes says similar things, because cooking isn't his favorite thing, so he thinks of it as a chore. But for me, it's fun, so I just ignore him and make yummy food and he loves it
Here's a tip for budget-friendly meals: (Almost
) every weekend, I make a meal plan for the upcoming week. I start by looking in the fridge, freezer and pantry to see what I have, look through recipes I've put by that I want to try, and look through the grocery store sale papers to see what's on sale. Then I choose what to make for dinner, and make up my grocery list, based on what I find. I sometimes don't go by the plan, but in general, it helps me use up what's in the fridge and freezer, and avoid buying items I already have. Hope this helps.